#3: It was an unlucky game for Elias Pettersson
It was another game without a point from Pettersson.
Pettersson was having a tough time on the power play particularly in the first period. He was bobbling the puck and he gave it away for a Hurricanes 2-on-1. He was also missing the net a lot and only managed two shots on goal.
In the second, Pettersson’s closest chance was a shot that went off the post. He was rather unlucky throughout the game. There was a scary moment where he got hit by Vasily Podkolzin’s skate in the face. Fortunately, Pettersson only got a bloody nose and was OK to continue playing.
In the third, Pettersson skated down the wing and tried to shoot but his stick broke. He then was tripped by Andersen and there was no call. Pettersson was visibly upset about it on the bench.
Watching Pettersson was like trying to watch Charlie Brown fail to kick the football. It seemed nothing was going his way. What did Pettersson do the tick off the hockey gods? We’ll never know.
However, you can’t blame Pettersson’s struggles on just bad luck. He didn’t look engaged out there and you can tell there wasn’t a lot of confidence.
Pettersson did have some good chances but again, he needs to produce. The old Pettersson is sorely missed.
- It seems Demko will also get the start Sunday in Washington. “I have no concerns about Demko being able to go back to back,” said Boudreau per Drance.
- The Canucks have not had a lead during this road trip and have been outscored 13-5. They last had a lead on New Year’s Day in a 5-2 win over the Seattle Kraken
The Canucks get back in action Sunday against the Washington Capitals. It’s another early start time as the puck drops at 11:00 AM Pacific.